How Far We've Come



While the type and amount of food that Food for Life redistributes may differ from our beginnings in 1995, our core values and focus remain remarkably unchanged. We continue to proudly be a volunteer-powered, grassroots-driven organization led by a small staff. Food for Life employs just 22 full-time staff yet utilizes approximately 400 volunteers from the community to mobilize our mission. Food for Life thrives on the spirit of teamwork with an unparalleled network of support from individuals, corporations and foundations in the Halton region – we are defined by our collaboration. Through our trusted alliance, Food for Life is able to turn every $1 donated into the $7 of GOOD food.



Since our inception in 1995, Food for Life has rescued over 26 million pounds of food by collecting surplus perishable food (fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat and prepared foods) from both retail and wholesale food suppliers and grocery stores. We are the largest food rescue organization in Halton and Hamilton.


Food for Life holds a unique niche among Canadian food relief charities in that we focus on redistributing fresh, nutritious food. Our clients tell us that they are often not able to afford fresh food and that having access to this healthy food allows them to focus on obtaining other life essentials as they work towards no longer relying on our services.


By diverting over 4.9 million pounds of good food last year, Food for Life was able to reduce the equivalent of 7 million kilograms of greenhouse gases.

Our Mission

Rescuing Food. Impacting Lives.

Our Vision

For everyone to have access to healthy food.

Food for Life is the largest food rescue organization in Halton and Hamilton.

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